'Gun Show Loophole' Bill Dies in Committee

Howell was a sponsor of bill that would demand background checks at gun shows.

A Virginia Senate bill co-sponsored by Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) that would close the "gun-show loophole" allowing people to purchase firearms at gun shows without a background check died in committee Wednesday.

The committee voted 8-7 to stop SB 1001 from going forward.

Lawmakers were unable to work out a compromise, even after Sen. William Stanley (R-Franklin County) said last week he would work with Sens. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond), and Don McEachin (D-Henrico), to reach a deal.

Stanley has since told colleagues on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee that he is close to crafting a measure, but doesn't feel the details can be worked out this session, the Newport News Daily Press reported.

Stanely said he will alter the bill and present a new one next year that would be more likely to make it into law. 

Marsh's bill would have required firearms sales at gun shows to go through a licensed dealer only, but private sellers could consign their guns to those dealers.

Howell called the delay "unconscionable," the Daily Press reported.

"We've had untold tragedies that still break our hearts when we think about them," Howell said. "And yet we're letting people get guns without any background checks. It's untenable; it's unconscionable. Delaying another year makes absolutely no sense at all."

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Java Master January 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM
The failure of this common sense legislation is a tragedy for all Virginians. Shame on the legislators who are nothing more but STOOGES for the radical guns-at-all-costs lobby and their runnning dog lackeys, the gun manfacturers and firearms retailers/resellers.
DGeorge January 31, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Again Java you ignore the argument and throw stones, Tsk, Tsk.
Java Master January 31, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I make a point of ignoring the "arguments" of the all-guns-all-the-time advocates. Especially yours, since you enjoy being argumentative for its own sake. The fact is that the failure of this legislation is only a temporary setback, I remain convinced that good sense will eventually prevail over the blandishments of the radical 2nd amendment bully-boys. Reasonable regulation of gun ownership and sales are within the ambit of the 2nd amendment. We have the Supreme Court to thank for reminding us that gun rights are not absolute. You should take that to heart, and as before, don't let the courthouse door hit you on the way out.
Virginia Harlow January 31, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Oh, God. It's still Bush's fault!
Virginia Harlow February 01, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Assuming you finally do get such foolishness passed, what on earth makes you think the criminal element or the insane won't just steal guns or purchase them from other criminals? You will not have achieved anything at all but growth of government power at the cost of tax dollars. Not to mention, you will criminalize law abiding citizens who won't comply with such nonsense if they don't want their gun anymore and want to sell it to someone else. You just criminalize people who weren't doing anything wrong in the first place. Or, is that the plan. Shades of Ayn Rand.


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